Nicholls CAN Goes Virtual for 2020

THIBODAUX, La. — Today Nicholls State University will begin collecting non-perishable food items to donate to local food banks. 

The Nicholls CAN annual food drive will look a little different this year. Due to the COVID-19 virus, the committee is asking for donors to purchase the canned goods using their Amazon Wishlist

Collections will run through Nov. 6 and be donated to Bayou Region food banks the following week. 

In Louisiana, more than 780,000 people, including more than 255,000 children, struggle with hunger, and one in six children live in households without consistent access to food. Michael Williams, associate professor of art and coordinator of the food drive, says that need has been amplified by the pandemic. 

“Things have been and will be different this year, to say the least,” Williams said. “The need for our assistance to local food banks in the Nicholls’ service area has never been greater and Nicholls’ family safety is an utmost priority.”

Purchased items should be mailed to the Nicholls Post Office and addressed to Williams. 

Williams is also encouraging monetary donations this year to help the food banks fill the holes in their supplies.
Last year, the food drive collected and donated 22,256 items of food, the second-highest ever collected. 

Since 2012, Nicholls Can has collected and donated nearly 130,000 items.

For more information, contact Williams at michael.williams@nicholls.edu.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 26, 2020

MEDIA CONTACT: Jacob Batte, Media Relations and Publications Coordinator, 985.448.4141 or jacob.batte@nicholls.edu

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